This week, Indeed Brewing, which expanded to Milwaukee from its Minneapolis birthplace last year, announced a new brewer, new beers for its first anniversary and an urban beer garden.
But before I tell you about that, I want to let you know that the brewery closed its taproom, 530 S. 2nd St., tonight to make an important statement:
In the last week, we at Indeed have watched in horror as Jacob Blake was shot by law enforcement, and protestors were shot to death in Wisconsin. We have decided to close the Milwaukee taproom this evening in an effort to raise awareness of these issues affecting our community. pic.twitter.com/IOyrJuaCkw — Indeed Brewing Co. (@indeedbrewing) August 27, 2020
Thanks to Indeed for standing with its adopted Wisconsin home during this difficult time.
If you want to support the brewery in return, Indeed Brewing Company is releasing a quartet of Hello Milwaukee variations for its one-year anniversary in Milwaukee.
Hello, Milwaukee – the first beer brewed at Indeed Milwaukee – is an American light lager brewed in collaboration with Bay View's 1840 Brewing Company. The variations are infusions created by newly promoted head brewer, Patrick Nickelson, who is kicking off an infusion program that mingles traditional beers with unexpected flavors.
In the first batch, which will be available in the taproom on Thursday, Sept. 10, "One is infused with fresh lime zest and lime juice; it’s like a premium Bud Light Lime," says Nickelson, who moved to Milwaukee from Minneapolis to help launch the Walker's Point brewery.
"Another I will rest the keg on a pound of fresh coffee beans. Another will be infused with fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, which should lend a nice purple hue to the beer. Finally, we are making a Spaghett version with bitters and lemon juice. This one will be slightly pink," says Nickelson.
Nickelson's Grapefruit Paloma, a taproom favorite, will be canned and distributed in Minneapolis in a few weeks, marking the new brewer's first recipe to make it into cans.
In addition to making a Milwaukee-named beer in collaboration with another Milwaukee brewery, Nickelson, who started at Indeed kegging beer five years ago, has become a full-fledged Brew City brewer by now.
"Because I helped build the place out, and because there are only two people working in production here, I have a broader sense of responsibility and subsequent pride over the space here than the brewery in Minneapolis," he says, noting that the Milwaukee brewery allows him freedom to try different thing.
"Down here we get to do pretty much whatever we want. We can experiment with different techniques, hops, yeast, and styles of beer more frequently."
Lastly, for now, on Oct. 10, Indeed will close down 2nd Street for an urban beer garden called the Low-Key Lowdown, a socially distant version of the annual Lowdown party that kicked off last year.
Watch Indeed's Facebook page for details.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.